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Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Mastery for Women's Health Professionals

Are you ready to uplevel your women's health practice? Welcome to the Fertility Friday Podcast! A podcast designed to empower you to use fertility awareness both personally and professionally. If you are a woman's health professional — and you’re not fully utilizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign — it's time to change that right away! Through evidence-based literature reviews, engaging discussions, expert interviews, and compelling client stories, Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, FAE, HRHP covers everything from complex menstrual cycle chart interpretation and balancing hormones to overcoming fertility challenges and more. With over 20 years of experience teaching fertility awareness, Lisa combines her real-world expertise with the latest research to ensure you're fully equipped to support your clients. Lisa's first book, "The Fifth Vital Sign," describes the menstrual cycle as an important vital sign we should pay attention to. Her most recent book, "Real Food for Fertility" (co-authored with Lily Nichols, RDN), explores how a healthy menstrual cycle sets the stage for a healthy pregnancy. With well over 4 million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness and menstrual cycle health. All women deserve to understand how their bodies work, and if we wait for our education systems to do it we may be waiting forever. It's up to us to be the change we wish to see in the field of women's health. In other words, It's YOUR TURN to bring this essential information to your clients sooner rather than later — they need it now!
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Now displaying: May, 2015
May 29, 2015

In today's show, I have Jane Bennett joining me all the way from Australia! Jane originally trained in in Social Work and Clinical Hypnotherapy and is now working as a researcher, counselor, and Natural Fertility Management Educator. Jane’s main area of focus has been educating women and girls about Natural Fertility Management methods (i.e. Fertility Awareness). Jane designed and created a program called The Natural Fertility Management Conception Kit and the Natural Fertility Management Contraception Kit offering in-depth knowledge and teachings of the fertility awareness method for contraception and optimal conception that is easy to learn and use!

During her time working with Natural Fertility Management Jane became aware of the need for a more positive and healthy attitude toward menstruation for the physical, mental and emotional well-being of women and girls as well as for the sake of our individual and collective fertility. She is the author of A Blessing Not a Curse: A Mother-Daughter Guide to the Transition from Child to Woman as well as The Pill: Are You Sure It's For You? She also created and founded Celebration Day for Girls - a program designed for young women to learn about menstruation, fertility, to celebrate reaching that important milestone of menarche, and to help girls develop a positive experience and association with menstruation.

In today's episode, Jane and I talk about the important role that having a regular menstrual cycle plays throughout a woman's life. We question the idea that menstruation has no purpose and we also question the current trend towards suppressing menstruation altogether through the use of long-acting or continuous use hormonal contraceptives. We discuss the importance of celebrating rites of passage and why we should be celebrating menarche and encouraging girls to develop a positive association with menstruation and a better understanding of their fertility from a young age.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why every woman should have the opportunity to learn about her menstrual cycles and her fertility from a young age regardless of whether or not she intends to use Fertility Awareness for contraception
  • Why "sex ed" should encompass more than simply discussing menstrual products and telling girls that they're fertile all the time
  • What topics Jane incorporates into her Celebration Day program, and why she feels teenage girls can benefit from fertility awareness education
  • Why we should question the effectiveness rates of all birth control methods, for example, although the pill is often stated to be 99% effective, typical user rates result in 4-6 pregnancies per year for every 100 female users
  • Why barrier methods like condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and natural methods of birth control like fertility awareness should not simply be discounted based on the reported "effectiveness rates"
  • How the user's motivation, understanding, and intention significantly impacts the "effectiveness rate" of the method of contraception that she chooses
  • The devastating impact the pill has on a woman's nutrient stores especially after long-term use
  • How powerful a dose of synthetic hormones you actually receive from hormonal contraceptives in comparison with your natural hormone levels
  • The detrimental impact that hormonal contraceptives can have on your mood, your emotional and mental health, as well as your overall health and fertility
  • Jane challenges the myth that the fertility awareness method of contraception is not an effective form of birth control

Connect with Jane!

You can connect with Jane on her website, and on the Celebration day for Girls website

Resources mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

May 22, 2015

Today's guest is Will Sacks, co-founder of the Kindara charting app! If you haven’t heard of Kindara, it is one of the most user-friendly fertility awareness charting apps available. I started charting my cycles before the age of charting apps and I have found Kindara to be one of the best fertility awareness friendly charting apps out there. I love that the “predictor setting” is optional and that the user-friendly interface allows me to track all of my fertility signs easily. I also love that using the Kindara app links you to a community of women where you can share your charts and support each other.

Will study mechanical engineering and economics at McGill University, and when he learned about fertility awareness charting he discovered the magic of the feminine, and came to appreciate and understand women on a much deeper level. He appreciates how this level of understanding is lacking in our culture and has been working to improve the ability of women to understand and track their fertility by creating the Kindara Charting app.

In today's episode, we talk about the different ways that fertility awareness charting can help women to discover and appreciate their own fertility and the amazing ways that our bodies work. We also talk about the impact that fertility awareness charting can have on your relationship. Fertility awareness charting offers couples the opportunity to share the responsibility when it comes to contraception, and that is something that is often lacking in many of the commonly used contraceptive methods such as hormonal contraceptives or condoms. We talk about how using fertility awareness charting can increase openness and closeness between partners as well as allow both partners the opportunity to develop not only an increased understanding but also a deep appreciation and reverence for women and their fertility cycles.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • The positive impact that using the fertility awareness method can have on couples who use it
  • The role that the fertility awareness method can play in creating equality between men and women, and put an end to misogyny
  • What are the benefits of learning fertility awareness?
  • Having "the talk" with your partner about birth control options
  • Fertility awareness from a man's perspective
  • Will talk about his appearance on The Doctor's and how frustrating it is that medical practitioners often continue to have such limited knowledge of fertility awareness-based methods of birth control
  • How the Kindara app different from other "period tracker apps"
  • Why the Kindara app works so well for women who are using fertility awareness
  • What is on the horizon for Kindara?
  • Why the new Wink thermometer technology is such a great innovation for women who use the fertility awareness method
  • Why everyone should be learning the basics of fertility and the menstrual cycle
  • Tips for transitioning to fertility awareness after coming off of hormonal contraceptives

Connect with Will!

You can connect with Will on the Kindara website, his website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

May 15, 2015

Amy Medling is a Certified PCOS Health Coach who has helped thousands of women overcome their PCOS symptoms and restore their fertility naturally through the programs she has developed. After receiving her own diagnosis of PCOS she embarked on her own journey to health by doing her own research and trying many different approaches. She was able to heal herself and regain her fertility naturally and that inspired her to do the same for other women also struggling with PCOS symptoms.

In today's show, Amy and I talk about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in detail. We talk about what it is, what symptoms are required for an "official diagnosis", and what are some of the most common but less known symptoms of PCOS. We discuss why many women may have PCOS symptoms but don't necessarily make the connection to a PCOS diagnosis. Amy discusses in detail what tests you should be requesting from your doctor if you think you may have PCOS, and we talk about how fertility awareness cycle charting can help you identify it early. Amy also talks about what steps you can take to heal your PCOS naturally. If you've ever had questions about PCOS you'll learn a lot from this episode!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What Amy's experience with PCOS was like and how she was able to balance her hormones naturally and eventually create PCOS Diva to help other women do the same
  • What is PCOS? And why the name Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome may be misleading
  • What are the common symptoms of PCOS? And why might women have symptoms but not be aware that they have PCOS?
  • What are the specific tests that you should be asking your doctor or health practitioner to run to confirm a PCOS diagnosis?
  • The link between hypothyroid (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) and PCOS
  • The link between insulin resistance, diabetes, and PCOS
  • How NaPro technology, a form of fertility awareness charting, helped Amy to identify that she had PCOS in the first place
  • The 5 steps you can take to heal your PCOS and restore your fertility and your menstrual cycles naturally
  • Why Amy's approach includes more than just a supplement list and dietary recommendations. The role that lifestyle, exercise, and stress management play in our lives plays in our overall health and fertility

Connect with Amy!

You can connect with Amy on her website, and on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

May 8, 2015

Holly Grigg-Spall is the author of Sweetening the Pill or How we got hooked on hormonal birth control. If you haven’t had a chance to read this book and you’ve ever had any questions about the pill you need to get your hands on a copy ASAP! Every woman who is on the pill has ever been on the pill, or is considering going on the pill should read this book! Holly uncovers what could be considered the biggest myth about the pill – which is that it has no impact on our emotions and on our overall health. Holly talks about her own experience with the pill and how it took her years to finally realize that the pill was at the root of her emotional symptoms. These are perhaps some of the least talked about impacts of the birth control pill, and don’t expect your doctor to tell you about it!

In today’s show, we will be talking all about the pill and the impacts that it can have on the women who take it. I am a fan of informed consent and after listening to this episode you’ll have a much greater understanding of the potential downsides of taking the pill, and what you can do instead.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Holly describes her experience with the pill and why it took her many years to identify that the pill was actually the cause of her feelings of anxiety, depression as well as numerous other negative side effects she had been experiencing
  • The deep impact the pill can have on your mood and your emotions, and the reasons why you may not make the connection between your experiences and the pill
  • Why women tend to blame themselves when experiencing negative emotions rather than considering that it may actually be a side-effect of hormonal birth control
  • The detrimental and, in some cases, permanent impact the pill can have on your sex drive
  • The significant impact that the pill's steady dose of daily hormones has on a woman's natural hormones, and how this impacts her moods from day to day
  • Why prescribing the pill to younger and younger women may be robbing them of having a full experience of their hormones, their libido, their sexuality and their fertility
  • Why it is so problematic to continue teaching young girls that they are "fertile all the time"
  • The important role that condoms can play when it comes to birth control as well as the prevention of spreading STIs (sexually transmitted infections)
  • Why it is important to know that hormonal contraceptives are not the primary method of birth control everywhere in the world
  • Why hormonal contraceptives are not required to prevent pregnancy
  • The role that fertility awareness can play in helping women to transition from using the pill with the confidence that they can prevent pregnancy naturally

Connect with Holly!

You can connect with Holly on her website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

May 1, 2015

Dr. Kerry Hampton is a registered nurse, a midwife, and an active researcher in fertility-awareness and lifestyle education. The aim of Kerry’s research is to reduce the incidence of infertility by promoting fertility literacy with the fertility awareness method. Her findings have shown that most women seeking fertility assistance cannot accurately identify the fertile days of their menstrual cycle. And of course, by educating women about their fertile signs through fertility awareness women can be taught to be able to identify their fertile days and increase their overall knowledge of how their fertility works and understand their menstrual cycles better.

Kerry is also a leader in professional development in her field having developed programs that teach Natural Fertility Education to professionals so they can offer support to their clients in understanding their menstrual cycles. She is the author of the Comprehensive Course in Natural Fertility Education© and co-author the Advanced Practice in Natural Fertility Education©.

In today's show, Kerry and I talk about why it's important for women to have the opportunity to learn how to accurately identify their fertile days. In her research, Kerry found that only 13% of women who had been referred to fertility clinics for IVF treatments after at least 12 months of trying to conceive could accurately identify their fertile window. In her clinical practice, she has helped hundreds if not thousands of women to conceive naturally after providing basic education about how to observe and identify cervical mucus patterns, and how to pinpoint the fertile window during the menstrual cycle. We talk about how important it is for couples who are having difficulty conceiving to learn how to pinpoint the 3 days prior to ovulation, and how a simple shift in when sex is timed has helped numerous couples to conceive after several months or even years of unsuccessful attempts. We also talk about the important role that cervical mucus plays in fertility and why it is absolutely essential for women to be able to conceive naturally.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Fertility Awareness?
  • How is the calendar/rhythm method different to the mucus method and the temperature method?
  • Why the rhythm or calendar method is ineffective for most women
  • Why cervical mucus observations are essential to understanding how to accurately identify your fertile window
  • How learning to pinpoint your fertile window can save you tens of thousands of dollars in IVF treatments
  • The unfortunate reality that the overwhelming majority of women seeking Assisted Reproductive Technology such as IVF and IUI are unable to correctly identify their fertile window
  • Why you could be having sex 2 or 3 times per week every week and still be missing your fertile window every time
  • Why it's not about simply having more sex, but about accurately timing sex based on the days you observe cervical mucus prior to ovulation
  • How to observe your cervical mucus when you don't tend to see very much of it from cycle to cycle

Connect with Kerry!

You can connect with Kerry on her website!

Resources mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

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